Lap Joint

MACHINE CUT

Because it is made with simple saw cuts, the lap joint is particularly easy to produce with a table saw or radial-arm saw.

Radial Arm Saw Station

Cutting to length on a radial-arm saw

Holding each component against the fence, pull the saw towards you to cut one end square. Turn the work over and sever the other end. When sawing several identical pieces, clamp an end stop to the fence to save you having to measure each workpiece.

Cutting Lap Joints

Cutting to length on a table saw

Cut square both ends of each workpiece. When cutting identical pieces to length, attach an extension to the table saw's mitre fence and clamp an end stop to it (see page 20).

Cutting to length on a table saw

Cut square both ends of each workpiece. When cutting identical pieces to length, attach an extension to the table saw's mitre fence and clamp an end stop to it (see page 20).

Miter Saw Fence Height Extension

Cutting the rabbet

Adjust the blade height to saw three-quarters through the workpiece. Butt the end of the work against a spacer block clamped to the saw's rip fence, then adjust the fence to saw just to the waste side of the shoulder line. Make a short trial cut to check the accuracy of your settings, then pass the work over the blade. Slide the work sideways away from the rip fence to remove the waste in stages (see left).

Sawing the rabbet

Adjust the blade to cut three-quarters through the workpiece. Mark the shoulder on the back of the rabbet member, then align it with the blade to cut just to the waste side of the line. Having cut the shoulder, slide the work sideways one blade-width at a time, gradually removing the waste. To cut identical shoulders, align the squared end of the wood with a pencil line drawn on the fence, or butt the end against a block nailed temporarily to the saw's worktable.

A mitred lap joint is somewhat neater than the basic version, but is more difficult to cut.

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